The Abacus and the Cross: The Story of the Pope who Brought the Light of Science to the Dark Ages

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ReadHowYouWant.com, 2010 - 513 pages
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The medieval Catholic Church, widely considered a source of intolerance and inquisitorial fervor, was not anti-science during the Dark Ages - in fact, the pope in the year 1000 was the leading mathematician and astronomer of his day. Called ''the Scientist Pope,'' Gerbert of Aurillac rose from peasant beginnings to lead the church. By turns a teacher, traitor, kingmaker, and visionary, Gerbert is the first Christian known to teach math using the nine Arabic numerals and zero. In The Abacus and the Cross, Nancy Marie Brown skillfully explores the new learning Gerbert brought to Europe. A fascinating narrative of one remarkable math teacher, The Abacus and the Cross will captivate readers of history, science, and religion alike.
 

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Review: The Abacus and the Cross: The Story of the Pope Who Brought the Light of Science to the Dark Ages

User Review  - Lu Dongyi - Goodreads

This book is more about an account of the Middle Ages than about Gerbert's science. I actually expected more on Gerbert's science. I agree that the world would be very different if Gerbert achieved his dream, and more different if he was not distracted by politics. Read full review

Review: The Abacus and the Cross: The Story of the Pope Who Brought the Light of Science to the Dark Ages

User Review  - Goodreads

This book is more about an account of the Middle Ages than about Gerbert's science. I actually expected more on Gerbert's science. I agree that the world would be very different if Gerbert achieved his dream, and more different if he was not distracted by politics. Read full review

Contents

FROM SHEPHERD BOY TO SCHOOLMASTER
1
GERBERT THE SCIENTIST
99
FROM ABBOT TO POPE
212
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NANCY MARIE BROWN is the author of A Good Horse Has No Color and Mendel in the Kitchen. She lives in Vermont with her husband, the writer Charles Fergus.

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